Catapult Learning Announces Acquisition of Ohio-Based Autism Schools
The acquisition represents the second in 2016 for the company’s Schools Division.
July 6, 2016, Camden, New Jersey – Catapult Learning, Inc. has acquired the Center for Autism and Dyslexia (CFAD), a specialized school program with locations in Findlay and Lima, Ohio, serving approximately 140 students diagnosed with autism, dyslexia, and other special needs. Effective June 29, 2016, the program joined Catapult Learning’s Schools Division, which includes schools and programs specifically designed for special education students classified with emotional disabilities, learning disabilities, and autism spectrum disorders, as well as at-risk students requiring alternative education programming, including both transitional programs and dropout prevention/recovery programs.
Founded in 2006 by Susan Pneuman, Ph.D., the Center for Autism and Dyslexia is Catapult Learning’s first Ohio-based autism program and second special education acquisition in the past three months. Dr. Pneuman, who has her doctoral degree in psychology, is an expert in the field of autism, and is a strong advocate for families seeking services for their children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, will join Catapult Learning’s Schools Division as Director of Autism Services.
Andrea Vargas, President of Catapult Learning’s Schools Division, expressed enthusiasm for the addition of CFAD as well as for Dr. Pneuman’s expertise and advocacy in the field of autism. “We are excited to welcome the students, staff, and families of the Center for Autism and Dyslexia to the Catapult Learning family,” said Vargas. “This acquisition represents a significant merger of two mission-driven organizations seeking to provide the highest-quality services to students on the autism spectrum. Our school programs will benefit greatly from Dr. Pneuman’s experience and expertise as we refine and expand our autism platform on the national level.”
CFAD’s leadership and staff will remain in place, joining a nationwide network of more than 5,000 educators providing services across Catapult Learning’s programs.
About Catapult Learning
Catapult Learning, Inc. has dedicated the past four decades to improving academic performance for at-risk students, including potential dropouts and those with learning and emotional disabilities. The company’s team of 5,600 educators works to achieve sustained academic gains and build teacher and leadership capacity through research-based programs that include intervention, alternative school education, special education, assessment, school improvement, and professional development solutions. Founded in 1976 and headquartered in Camden, New Jersey, Catapult Learning partners with over 500 school districts, including 18 of the 20 largest school districts in the United States.